Braves vs. Nationals MLB Pick – July 31st

The Atlanta Braves didn’t waste any time getting to work against the Washington Nationals last night. They had a lackluster showing in the night prior, but were able to bounce back with an early 9-run lead in the 4th inning. The Braves were losers by a score of 6-3 on Monday night and turned a loss into a big win last night. That’s what good teams are able to do, and I don’t know if the Braves have it in them to reach the World Series, but they’re certainly a good team.

The National League is wide open, so they have a good shot at getting there, though. The Dodgers are the clear No. 1 choice to get it out of the NL, but it isn’t like they haven’t choked before. If the Braves throwaway this lead they have in the NL East, that would be a bit of a choke. With a 5.5-game lead, they’re still going to have to be careful in August and September. Two months of action in Major League Baseball is a long time.

The Nats still can latch onto a wildcard if they can’t overcome the Braves’ lead in the division. There were little indications from last night that they belong in the postseason, but that’s baseball for you. The Nationals could look like a contender Wednesday and all is well in Washington. Just being in this position where we’re talking about Washington threatening for the division is a win in itself.

Bryce Harper can’t be thrilled about looking up at the standings and seeing the Nationals ahead of the Phillies. They have been neck-and-neck for a wildcard going into August. You will find the more complete team in Atlanta, but the Phillies have the potential to get hot quickly. It should be interesting in September. The Braves will send out Mike Soroka early this afternoon, while the Nationals will counter with Anibal Sanchez. It’s rookie against veteran in Washington on Wednesday. Head below for our free Braves vs. Nationals pick.

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Braves -115/Nationals +105
  • O/U: 10

Pitching Matchup:

  • Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.44 ERA)
  • Anibal Sanchez (6-6, 3.63 ERA)

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The Braves landed on a gem when they drafted Mike Soroka with the 28th selection in the 2015 draft. It didn’t take too long for him to get called up to the big leagues. Management believed he was ready to make the leap at just 21 years old and they were certainly right.

As a 21-year-old, Soroka has flirted with Cy Young consideration with an outstanding start to his career. That’s going to be tough to achieve with the other talent out there in the National League, but he already has an All-Star Game under his belt.

The next stop for Soroka looks like an appearance in the postseason as a youngster. The Braves will be counting on him to perform as well. Soroka enters Wednesday with an impressive ERA of 2.44 and 10-2 record. The road hasn’t presented any issues for Soroka. In fact, he’s thrived playing in opposing ballparks.

Soroka holds a 1.19 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the road in his rookie campaign. He has a 4-3 win and 5-3 loss against the Nationals on June 23rd and July 20th. The better of his two outings was on the road. Soroka will be back at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon.

The Braves have scored often on Sanchez in his career, with 28 runs in 192 at-bats. Brian McCann is responsible for 3 home runs and a .317 average against Sanchez. Sanchez goes into this contest with an ERA of 3.50 in his last three outings and 18 innings. In his last showing against the Braves, which was against Soroka, he guided the Nationals to a 5-3 win.

Sanchez surrendered 6 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs for an okay day at the office. He gets the Braves off a monster game offensively last night. This should be a good game between the Braves and Nationals. In the end, though, Soroka and the Braves look like the play. Getting Soroka at -115 is a solid deal.

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Kyle E / Author

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